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Old 10-12-2010, 12:01 PM   #1
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Please educate me in the ways of the Jeep.

I'm a NOOB. I live in CT, no Jeep yet, but wanting one BAD. I'm thinking about buying a used Jeep as an extra vehicle. I am going to need to use the Jeep for plowing my driveway, among other things. I don't want to start off on the wrong foot, so I'm looking for recommendations. Standard or Automatic trans., 4 cyl or 6 cyl, etc, etc. I'm a pretty good mechanic (weekend project type stuff), so a little upgrade work won't scare me away.

Well experts, pro's and generally everyone that knows more then me about the Jeep, have at me. I'm strapped in and ready for action.

Let the education begin......

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Old 10-12-2010, 12:26 PM   #2
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This is a great place to learn AND have fun in the process.

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Old 10-12-2010, 12:45 PM   #3
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Welcome to WF.

I am not a big fan of plows on Wranglers. I live in an area that get's a lot of snow and ice. Wranglers don't do ice. The longer wheelbase of a truck is better for plowing.
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Old 10-12-2010, 02:22 PM   #4
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My driveway is terrible in the winter. I have probably close to a 40degree incline and a 120 degree sweeping turn at the same time. If I don't get the snow off of the driveway quickly , I'll be walking up. I have an older Toyota pickup that I used to plow it with but the brake lines rotted out.
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Old 10-12-2010, 02:33 PM   #5
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The 4 vs 6 cylinder question can usually fill a few pages.

The auto vs manual ALWAYS fills a bunch of pages, and no one has ever been persuaded one way or the other from their original position.

I've heard about this "plowing" thing, but I usually let the city do it for me.
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Old 10-12-2010, 03:02 PM   #6
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Hey ngneer2111, I'm new to Jeeps myself but I think I might be able to help out some. Before I purchased my Jeep I asked many of the same questions you did. From what I've read about Jeeps, which is admittedly little, I found that the 6 cyl is preferred for driving in hilly areas and will also give better acceleration and speed for interstate driving. Based on CT's topography and because you live in a part of the country that gets a "healthy" amount of snow, I would suggest the 6 cyl. As for manual or automatic, I think it's more of a personal preference thing. I have heard the automatic is better for offroading, but I have not done much research into that. I own a manual (personal 1st), and I absolutely love it. Good luck with your upcoming vehicular selection.
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Old 10-12-2010, 07:46 PM   #8
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My driveway is terrible in the winter. I have probably close to a 40degree incline and a 120 degree sweeping turn at the same time. If I don't get the snow off of the driveway quickly , I'll be walking up. I have an older Toyota pickup that I used to plow it with but the brake lines rotted out.
Fix the Toyota or buy a tractor with a bucket. Tractors are cheap, easy to maintain and everyone will think your cool for moving snow with a tractor. I use a backhoe at the house and the shop.

Jeep Wrangler with plow is a bad idea. Going down that kind of sweeping slope with all that extra dead weight on the front is asking for trouble.

Just an opinion from a guy who has moved snow in Iowa for 26 years and driven Jeeps for 22.
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Old 10-12-2010, 10:26 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the comments. Definitely food for thought!!!
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